Posted: 12/30/13 00:22
by Dave Mindeman
Maybe you are asking the question (although I doubt it), whatever happened to Tim Pawlenty?????
Well,here you go....
As an ambitious politician with eyes on the White House, Tim Pawlenty cast himself as the everyman -- the working-class son of a truck driver, a practical Midwesterner, a "Sam's Club Republican."
But when those ambitions were dashed, the former Minnesota governor found a new role that takes him a long way from Sam's Club: being the voice of big banks and other financial companies in Washington -- some of the same institutions the prairie populist once criticized on the stump.
Yes, he is a lobbyist - CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. The land of big money.
And you know what? He's pretty good at it.
That good old Sam's Club Republican has made the shift to the wine and cheese Republican crowd in the blink of an eye. It is worth wondering if this is where Tim Pawlenty was meant to end up all along.
So far, Pawlenty's restructuring of the group has earned him some praise from its members. Several industry sources who work at companies the Roundtable represents or have clients that belong to the organization spoke favorably of Pawlenty's goal of focusing the Roundtable's resources on a more limited set of issues.
All that populist talk about the working-class son of a truck driver, a practical Midwesterner, a "Sam's Club Republican."....well, that was just talk. He was never really comfortable there - he could talk the talk, but his walk was more of a saunter over to J.P. Morgan Chase.
Yes, Pawlenty has joined the "it" crowd...
Pawlenty was hired at an annual salary of $1.8 million, a person with knowledge of the contract said when he joined the group.
Bet you don't see TPaw at Sam's Club much anymore.